Those who think it was only Muslims who committed atrocities
in the past, the following is a list for them to review:
1. Crusaders raped and murdered millions in the middle east
for two centuries. They even slaughtered the babies in the name of Christianity. They not only attacked the Muslims and the
Jews, also the local Arab Christians. To them and their descendants even the Arab Christians are bad.
2. The Europeans brutally terrorized and colonized the whole
world for the last five centuries- Africa, Asia, Latin America, and even America by decimating the native Indians (even by
deliberately spreading germs). They committed untold atrocities in those parts of the world.
3. Spanish inquisition left not even a single Muslim or
Jew in Spain. Many were murdered, driven away to North Africa, and forcefully converted to Christianity. Have you heard of
conversos, matamoros? How many Christians had been living in Spain under the Moors? Ask your conscience.
4. The Europeans fought each other savagely for the
last two thousand years.
5. 2,000 Muslim women and children were brutally gang-raped
for seven days and later murdered by the Lebanese Christians which was permitted by then Israeli defense minister Ariel Sharon
(now elected by the Israelis as their prime minister) in Shattila Shabra refugee camp in 1982.
6. 1 million tutsis were brutally murdered by Hutus, their
Christian brethren, in Rwanda in just a month!
7. The Russian orthodox Christians killed more than 100,000 innocent Chechen civilians
in Chechnya. They are still indiscriminately murdering and raping the Chechens. Yet only the Chechens are the
terrorists in this scenario.
8. During the Bosnia war in 1992, tens of thousands of Bosnian Muslim women were
brutally raped (as young as six years old child to as old as 60 years old woman) and almost 200,000 people (90% of them were
Muslims) were killed by the Christian Serbs.
9. Tens of millions of Jews were brutally persecuted and muredered all over Europe
for the last 1,000 years. But only the Muslims and the Arabs are paying the price for the crimes of the Christians.
The list will go on forever. Bottom line is getting rid
of hypocrisy is very difficult process. It needs an open unbiased mind to start.
Christianity Was Spread by Swords - Two Examples:
The Christians destroyed the Aztec Civilization
In the spring of 1519, Hernando Cortes landed on the east coast of Mexico.
He defeated the Indians there, then set out for Tenochtitlan (capital of the Aztecs).
Thinking that Cortes might be Quetzalcoatl (the light-skinned god that
the Aztecs believed would one day return), Motecuhzoma (the Aztec king) welcomed him, offering housing and gifts
of gold. When the Spanish soldiers saw the gold, they were overjoyed.
Cortes took Motecuhzoma prisoner. Within two years the Aztec ruler was
dead and his capital city was in ruins. Spanish weapons and European diseases, which were new to the Indians, had nearly destroyed
the Aztec civilization. By 1521 Cortes had conquered the Aztecs.
Conquering the Aztecs won for Cortes both wealth and glory. He and his
soldiers were now able to capture the Aztecs' treasures. Among the Europeans, the soldiers soon became known as conquistadors
(meaning conquerors in Spanish, probably Christian murderers in Aztec).
...On the ashes of the Aztec capital, the Spanish built the Mexico City
became the capital of Spain's new empire of the Americas.
- From Fifth Grade Scial Studies Book, Harcourt Brace and Co., 2000,
The Christians destroyed the Inca Civilization
In 1531 Francisco Pizzaro ( 60 year old ) and
Spanish soldiers landed on the west coast of South America. For the next two years, they wandered about the Andes Mountains,
stealing gold and riches from the Indian peoples they found. ....
Pizzaro's priest asked Atahuallpa to give
up his own religion and accept Christianity. He also asked him to accept the king of Spain as his master.
When Atahuallpa refused, Pizzaro took the
emperor prisoner. To buy his freedom, Atahuallpa promised Pizzaro enough silver and gold to fill a whole room. Atahuallpa's
people provided the riches, but Pizzaro had him killed anyway.
After Atahuallpa's death in 1533, The Spanish
conquered the Inca Empire and made slaves of its people.
- From Fifth Grade Scial Studies Book, Harcourt Brace and Co., 2000,
Millions of innocent men, women and children, since
the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards
-Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782.
Israeli Terrorism and Massacres
Jewish and Christian Atrocities in Middle East
Massacre Photographs, 1982
War Crimes by Ariel Sharon
Jews from USA Terrorizing Local Palestinians
SECRET FILM SHOWS IRAQ PRISONERS SODOMISED
He said: "The boys were sodomised with the
cameras rolling, and the worst part is the soundtrack, of the boys shrieking. And this is your government at war."
OFFICIAL COMPARES ISRAELI ACTION TO NAZIS'
JERUSALEM (AP) - An Israeli Cabinet minister on Sunday said the army's
demolition of Palestinian homes in the Gaza Strip reminded him of actions the Nazis took against his family during World War
II and called for a halt to the policy of destroying homes.
The remarks by Justice Minister Yosef Lapid,
a Holocaust survivor, sparked an uproar at the weekly Cabinet meeting, officials at the meeting said.
ministers were discussing Israel's demolition of homes in the Rafah refugee camp. Dozens of homes have been destroyed or damaged
during an ongoing offensive along the Gaza-Egypt border.
Lapid was quoted by officials at the meeting as
saying a picture of an old Palestinian woman on the rubble of her home reminded him "of my grandmother in the Holocaust."
Israel shocked by image of soldiers forcing violinist to play at roadblock
Chris McGreal in Jerusalem
Of all the revelations that
have rocked the Israeli army over the past week, perhaps none disturbed the public so much as the video footage of soldiers
forcing a Palestinian man to play his violin.
The incident was not as shocking as the recording of an Israeli officer
pumping the body of a 13-year-old girl full of bullets and then saying he would have shot her even if she had been three years
Nor was it as nauseating as the pictures in an Israeli newspaper of ultra-orthodox
soldiers mocking Palestinian corpses by impaling a man's head on a pole and sticking a cigarette in his mouth.
But the matter of the violin touched on something deeper about the way
Israelis see themselves and their conflict with the Palestinians.
The violinist, Wissam Tayem, was on his way to a music lesson near Nablus when he said an Israeli officer ordered him to "play something sad" while soldiers made fun of him. After several
minutes, he was told he could pass.
It may be that the soldiers wanted Mr Tayem to prove he was indeed a
musician walking to a lesson because, as a man under 30, he would not normally have been permitted through the checkpoint.
But after the incident was videotaped by Jewish women peace activists,
it prompted revulsion among Israelis not normally perturbed about the treatment of Arabs.
The rightwing Army Radio commentator Uri Orbach found the incident disturbingly
reminiscent of Jewish musicians forced to provide background music to mass murder. "What about Majdanek?" he asked, referring
to the Nazi extermination camp.
The critics were not drawing a parallel between an Israeli roadblock
and a Nazi camp. Their concern was that Jewish suffering had been diminished by the humiliation of Mr Tayem.
Yoram Kaniuk, author of a book about a Jewish violinist forced to play
for a concentration camp commander, wrote in Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper that the soldiers responsible should be put on trial
"not for abusing Arabs but for disgracing the Holocaust".
"Of all the terrible things done at the roadblocks, this story is one
which negates the very possibility of the existence of Israel as a
Jewish state. If [the military] does not put these soldiers on trial we will have no moral right to speak of ourselves as
a state that rose from the Holocaust," he wrote.
"If we allow Jewish soldiers to put an Arab violinist at a roadblock
and laugh at him, we have succeeded in arriving at the lowest moral point possible. Our entire existence in this Arab region
was justified, and is still justified, by our suffering; by Jewish violinists in the camps."
Others took a broader view by drawing a link between the routine dehumanizing
treatment of Palestinians at checkpoints, the desecration of dead bodies and what looks very much like the murder of a terrified
13-year-old Palestinian girl by an army officer in Gaza.
Israelis put great store in a belief that their army is "the most moral
in the world" because it says it adheres to a code of "the purity of arms". There is rarely much public questioning of the
army's routine explanation that Palestinian civilians who have been killed had been "caught in crossfire", or that children
are shot because they are used as cover by fighters.
But the public's confidence has been shaken by the revelations of the
past week. The audio recording of the shooting of the 13-year-old, Iman al-Hams, prompted much soul searching, although the
revulsion appears to be as much at the Israeli officer firing a stream of bullets into her lifeless body as the killing itself.
Some soldiers told Israeli papers that their mothers had sought assurances that they did not do that kind of thing.
One Israeli peace group, the Arik Institute, took out large newspaper
adverts to plead for "Jewish patriots" to "open your eyes and look around" at the suffering of Palestinians.
The incidents prompted the army to call in all commanders from the rank
of lieutenant-colonel to emphasize the importance of maintaining the "purity of arms" code.
The army's critics say the real problem is not the behavior of soldiers
on the ground but the climate of impunity that emanates from the top.
While the officer responsible for killing Iman al-Hams has been charged
with relatively minor offences, and the soldiers who forced the violinist to play were ticked off for being "insensitive",
the only troops who were swiftly punished for violating regulations last week were some who posed naked in the snow for a
photograph. They were dismissed from their unit.
Last week the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem criticized what it
described as a "culture of impunity" within the army. The group says at least 1,656 Palestinian non-combatants have been killed
during the intifada, including 529 children.
"To date, one soldier has been convicted of causing the death of a Palestinian,"
"The combination of rules of engagement that encourage a trigger-happy
attitude among soldiers together with the climate of impunity results in a clear and very troubling message about the value
the Israeli military places on Palestinian life."
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